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'''Hadith of black flags''' ([[Arabic]]: أحاديث الرايات السود) are several apocalyptic prophecies revealed by the Islamic prophet [[Muhammad]]  that predict the appearance of an army carrying black flags or banners from the East, specifically [[Khorasan]], in support of a messianic figure, the [[Mahdi]], at the [[End_time|end of time]].<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://ghayb.com/2017/06/the-black-banners-will-appear-6-years-before-imam-mahdi|title=The Black Banners Will Appear 6 Years Before Imam Mahdi|website=ghayb.com|access-date=2018-07-15}}</ref>

==Prophecy==

The [[Hadith]] mentioned in this respect from the Prophet are:


{{Quote|text="There will emerge from Khorasan black banners which nothing will repel until they are set up in [[Jerusalem]]" |sign=|source= Ahmad in al-Musnad, 14/383 <ref>{{Cite web|url=https://islamqa.info/en/171131|title=The hadith narrated from Abu Hurayrah about the black banners |website=islamqa.info|access-date=2018-07-15}}</ref>}}

{{Quote|text="When the black flags come from Khorasan go to them,even if you have to crawl on snow, for among them is the [[Khalifa]] of Allah, the Mahdi" |sign=|source= Abd al-‘Alim in al-Mahdi al-Muntazar <ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.al-islam.org/imam-al-mahdi-twelfth-khalifah-sahih-sunni-ahadith-toyib-olawuyi/5-black-flags-khurasan |title=The Black Flags From Khurasan |website=al-islam.org|access-date=2018-07-15}}</ref>}}


{{Quote|text="Surely black flags will appear from the Khorasan until the people (under the leadership of this flag) will tie their horses with the olive trees between ''Bait-e-Lahya'' and ''Harasta'' (names of places in Jerusalem)" |sign=|source= Nuaim Ibn Hammad in Kitab Al-Fitan <ref>{{Cite web|url=https://ghayb.com/2017/06/the-black-banners-will-appear-6-years-before-imam-mahdi|title=The Black Banners Will Appear 6 Years Before Imam Mahdi|website=ghayb.com|access-date=2018-07-15}}</ref>}}


{{Quote|text="A Nation will come from the east with black flags and they will ask for some goodness (authority) but the people will not give them, then, they will fight and win over those people. Now the people will give them what they asked for but they will not accept it until they will hand it over to a person from my progeny who will fill this earth with justice just as it was previously filled with oppression and tyranny. So if anyone of you finds this nation (i.e. from the east with black flags) then you must join them even if you have to crawl over ice" |sign=|source= Al-Barzanji in Isha’ah li Ashrat Al-Sa’a <ref>{{Cite web|url=https://ghayb.com/2017/06/the-black-banners-will-appear-6-years-before-imam-mahdi|title=The Black Banners Will Appear 6 Years Before Imam Mahdi|website=ghayb.com|access-date=2018-07-15}}</ref>}}


{{Quote|text="Three will fight one another for your treasure, each one of them the son of a [[caliph]], but none of them will gain it. Then the black banners will come from the east, and they will kill you in an unprecedented manner. When you see them, then pledge your allegiance to them even if you have to crawl over the snow, for that is the caliph of Allah, Mahdi" |sign=|source=  Sunan Ibn Majah, 4084 <ref>{{Cite web|url=https://sunnah.com/ibnmajah/36/159 |title=The appearance of the Mahdi |website=Sunnah.com|access-date=2018-07-15}}</ref>}}


==Interpretation==

Khorasan is a large territory that includes the north-east of Iran. From a political point of view it includes [[Transoxiana]] and [[Sistan]]. The region that is now known as Khorasan encompasses less than half of historical Khorasan; the rest of that region now belongs to [[Afghanistan]]. These black banners may be those with which [[Abu Muslim]] came and overthrew the [[Umayyad Caliphate]] in 132 AH. Modern [[Jihadist]] organizations such as [[Al-Qaeda]], [[Taliban]] and [[Islamic State]] also use black flags.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://islamqa.info/en/171131|title=The hadith narrated from Abu Hurayrah about the black banners |website=islamqa.info|access-date=2018-07-15}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/233775/black-flags-by-joby-warrick/9780804168939/|title=Black Flags by Joby Warrick |website=penguinrandomhouse.com|access-date=2018-07-15}}</ref> 

==References==

{{Reflist}}

[[Category:Hadith]]

==External links==

* [https://ghayb.com/2017/06/the-black-banners-will-appear-6-years-before-imam-mahdi The Black Banners]